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Schenectady man released on bond Friday in chase/fake ID case, arrested again Sunday

Schenectady man released on bond Friday in chase/fake ID case, arrested again Sunday

He was first arrested last Monday, July 29
Schenectady man released on bond Friday in chase/fake ID case, arrested again Sunday
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SCHENECTADY -- A man arrested a week ago connected to a police chase and fake ID allegations has been arrested again, this time on a felony DWI charge, records show.

The arrest came two days after the man gained his release in the first case by posting $10,000 bond, records show.

In the new case, Ronald Santiago, 38, of Germania Avenue, was arrested Sunday afternoon on one count of felony driving while intoxicated and other charges.

He is accused of driving drunk in the area of Chrisler Avenue and Ostrander Place at about 3:40 p.m. Sunday, according to police allegations filed in court. Officers stopped him for a traffic violation.

Santiago's blood alcohol content tested at 0.24 percent, three times the legal limit of 0.08, according to the allegations.

Santiago has been convicted twice in the past 10 years of DWI, a history that elevated the DWI to a felony, according to the allegations.

He also faces one count of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a felony, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Santiago is accused of pulling away from officers and trying to flee on foot, according to the police allegations. Officers caught up with him a short distance away and placed him in custody without further struggle, according to police.

In the earlier case, police arrested Santiago July 29 in connection with a June dirt bike chase through Mont Pleasant and a fake New Jersey driver's license he allegedly possessed at the time of his arrest, according to police.

Santiago is accused of riding the dirt bike near Tenth Avenue and Pleasant Street without a license June 14 just after 6:30 p.m. and failing to stop for officers when directed to, according to police allegations filed in court.

Instead, he fled police in excess of 25 mph above the speed limit west on Pleasant Street, through intersections while also running recklessly through stop signs with people around, according to the allegations.

In one instance, police allege, he overtook a car on the right and almost struck a child. No injuries were reported.

Police arrested Santiago last Monday on Paige Street and he was found to have a fake New Jersey driver's license. He allegedly questioned to the officer how he could have an aggravated unlicensed operation warrant out for him when he had a license in another state, according to the police allegations.

Police said they found no record of the license being valid. Santiago's privilege to drive in New York had also been suspended, according to the allegations.

Santiago faces one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, along with misdemeanor counts of unlawful fleeing a police officer, aggravated unlicensed operation and reckless driving. He was also issued multiple tickets.

Santiago was arraigned in the new case and ordered held without bail.

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